The Warriors honored the late Gianna Bryant on Saturday by showing up to the Toyota Center in matching “Mambacita” outfits before taking on the Houston Rockets.
Saturday would have been Bryant’s 15th birthday, but she tragically lost her life with her father and basketball legend, Kobe, on Jan. 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash.
The Bryants will always be closely tied to the NBA and basketball.
Steph Curry has taken a leadership role when it comes to promoting women’s basketball, which was one of Kobe’s missions once he retired from his own prolific NBA career. He made sure to give Gianna a shoutout via Twitter before taking the court on Saturday night.
Gianna had become a star youth basketball player and earned the nickname “Mambacita” after her dad’s famous “Black Mamba” moniker. The two were on their way to a practice when their helicopter crashed into a Los Angeles hillside.
Considering Curry has a couple of young daughters -- with varying degrees of interest in basketball -- he seems like a perfect person to get the torch from Kobe to promote the women’s game. With his personality and profile, Curry knows one of the best way he can honor the Bryants’ legacy is to continue to grow the sport.